(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of Madonna, singer and actress.
Personal: Birth date: August 16, 1958
Birth place: Bay City, Michigan
Birth name: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone
Father: Silvio Ciccone, an engineer
Mother: Madonna (Fortin) Ciccone
Marriages: Guy Ritchie (December 22, 2000 - November 21, 2008, divorced); Sean Penn (August 16, 1985 - September 14, 1989, divorced)
Children: adopted: Mercy, 2006; adopted with Guy Ritchie: David, 2005; with Guy Ritchie: Rocco, August 11, 2000; with Carlos Leon: Lourdes, October 14, 1996
Education: Attended University of Michigan on a dance scholarship, 1976 - 1978.
Other facts: Has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States with 12 multi-platinum records.
Nominated for 28 Grammys with seven wins. Timeline: 1978 - Madonna moves to NYC determined to be a star.
Early 1980s - Madonna sings back-up in the band, "The Breakfast Club," then is the main singer in the dance bands, "The Millionaires," "Modern Dance," and "Emmy."
October 1982 - Releases a four-track demo tape and signs a record contract with Sire Records.
July 1983 - "Madonna," her first album, is released, and several songs become big hits.
December 22, 1984 - Madonna earns her first #1 hit, "Like a Virgin."
1984 - Performs "Like a Virgin" at the "MTV Music Awards" in a white lace bustier wedding dress.
1985 - Madonna goes on her first world tour.
1985 - Madonna co-stars in "Desperately Seeking Susan."
1986 - Co-stars with her husband, Sean Penn, in the film, "Shanghai Surprise."
1986 - Her song, "Live to Tell," appears in the movie, "At Close Range," that starred Penn. It reaches #1.
November 28, 1990 - MTV bans the Madonna video "Justify My Love," issuing a statement that the video "is just not for us." The video contains brief nudity, themes of bisexuality, cross-dressing, and sado-masochism.
May 10, 1991 - "Truth or Dare," a documentary about Madonna's "Blonde Ambition" tour is released.
1991 - Wins a Grammy for Best Music Video for "Madonna - Blonde Ambition" World tour.
April 1992 - Madonna signs a $60 million, seven year deal with Time Warner that includes books, videos, multimedia, and six albums.
1992 - Her book, "Sex," is released.
1992-2004 - Head of Maverick Records, her own label.
1992 - Wins Grammy for Best Music Video, Long Form for "Madonna: Blonde Ambition World Tour Live."
March 1994 - She appears on the "David Letterman" show, during which she uses the "F - word" 13 times on the air.
1996 - Wins the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award.
1998 - Wins 3 Grammys for Best Dance Recording for "Ray of Light," Best Pop Vocal Album for "Ray of Light "(shared), and Best Music Video, Short Form for "Ray of Light" (shared).
1999 - Wins Grammy for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television for "Beautiful Stranger" (shared).
November 2000 - The Guinness Book of World Records names her as the "Most Successful Female Solo Artist" in the world.
October 11, 2002 - "Swept Away," starring Madonna and directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie, opens and receives terrible reviews.
2003 - Wins the Michael Jackson International Artist of the Year award at the American Music Awards.
August 28, 2003 - French-kisses Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the MTV Video Music Awards.
2003 - Signs a contract with British publisher, Calloway, to write five children's books.
2004 - Time Warner buys Madonna's interest in Maverick Records.
2004 - Is inducted into the United Kingdom Music Hall of Fame.
2005 - She is ranked 8th on the Forbes "Most Powerful Celebrities" list.
August 16, 2005 - Madonna falls off a horse at her home outside London and cracks three ribs and breaks her collarbone and her hand. She is released from the hospital that evening.
October 2005 - The documentary, "I'm Going to Tell You a Secret," which follows Madonna's Re-Invention Tour, airs on MTV.
2006 - Wins a Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance Album for "True Confessions on a Dance Floor."
October 2006 - Madonna and Ritchie begin the process of adopting a one-year-old boy named David Banda from Malawi, despite laws that forbid non-residents from adopting Malawian children. Several children's rights groups attempt to block the adoption.
2007 - Wins a Grammy for Best Long Form Music video "The Confessions" tour.
February 11, 2008 - Directorial debut "Filth and Wisdom" opens at Berlin International Film Festival. She is also the executive producer.
March 10, 2008 - Is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2008 - Writes and produces the documentary, "I Am Because We Are," on AIDS in Malawi.
April 3, 2009 - Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child is rejected.
June 12, 2009 - Malawi's high court overturns a lower court ruling, deciding that Madonna will be allowed to adopt a three-year-old girl from the country.
April 2010 - Assists in the ground-breaking of her Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Lilongwe. The school is scheduled to open in 2011 and will provide schooling for 450-500 Malawian girls.
March 25, 2011 - The plans to build a $15 million Raising Malawi Academy for Girls are discontinued. $3.8 million in donations and funds are unaccounted for. The organization, Raising Malawi, is replaced with a "caretaker board," which includes Madonna.
June 13, 2011 - The Weinstein Company announces it acquired domestic rights to distribute her feature directorial debut, "W.E." The film is scheduled for release in 2012.
February 12, 2012 - Madonna performs at the halftime show for Super Bowl XLVI (46) along with LMFAO, M.I.A, Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green. During the performance, M.I.A makes an obscene gesture towards the crowd. A representative for Madonna says the gesture was "not rehearsed or planned"
March 26, 2012 - Madonna releases "MDNA," her first album in nearly 4 years.
September 17, 2013 - Announces a new project called Art for Freedom, aimed at bringing awareness to human rights violations. It is kicked off with Secretprojectrevolution, a 17-minute video created with Steven Klein. The project gives away a $10,000 grant each month to a non-profit organization and features guest curators like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.